In May, I raised my hand to learn about low volume fabrics and quilts for a Naperville Modern Quilt Guild presentation. (I know, raising my hand is a bad habit of mine.) Our guild had that discussion last night and I brought in fabrics, some pictures and a Low Volume Baby Quilt. I am very pleased how it turned out so I will let you know how I made it.
I divided them into a white pile and a cream pile. The third pile is low volume fabrics I really liked but didn't feel would fit in a baby quilt.
I cut two 3.5" strips from each fabric and matched a cream with a white.
I sewed them together and kept the extra bits on the side.
I sliced up each sewn group into a 3.5 inch piece.
I then matched up 3 pieces to make up the beginning of a nine inch 9 patch block. Sometimes I could turn a 4th piece and cut an extra 3.5" square. Other times I had to cut 3 new squares or take apart a matched piece.
I placed them on my design board with a "white" block next to a "cream block" meaning that there were 5 white squares in a white block or 5 cream squares in a cream block. Each row had four nine inch blocks.
I chose 9 patch because of the number nine. I was planning on donating this quilt to a hospital for a special baby who never come home from the hospital.
So my average block had 5 of one fabric and 4 of another.
I made 16 blocks, 12 were normal 9 patches and 4 were scrappy. Four blocks per row, 36 inches each row.
I put them all on my design wall and played with them quite a bit.
You can see the quilting here as I was nearing the end of the binding.
I bound it in white and sewed it on with white thread. The finished quilt is a 36" square.
Here I am two inches from finishing the binding and guess what, the bobbin ran out. I had just posted a quilt funny on my Facebook page about that a few days before.
Here is the complete quilt being held up by my husband.
I am hoping that whoever gets this quilt will find some hope or some solace from it.
I snapped a picture of it on my back deck also and posted it on my Facebook page to mark the day and I got wonderful responses.
I want to again mention the post in Wombat Quilts which gave me this idea. Mine is a variation on what she made.
I will be bringing it to Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn in a few days. I chose that hospital because it is where my own daughter gave birth to a tiny still born in 2011. I know they will find the right baby to wrap in this Quilt of Love.
Quilting is always a pleasure for me but sometimes it is therapy. This quilt was very therapeutic to make. It was the perfect project for a not so perfect month. I am very grateful that the month and the quilt are both completed.
Being able to donate this quilt makes me sew happy.
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